This is the fourth and final of our four part series in which your Milwaukee Community Journal asked eight questions to candidates running for city and county wide offices in we contacted predominately Black city and county districts for Common Council and County Board of Supervisors. The questions pertain to jobs and business creation, education, tax reform, public safety, transportation, affirmative action and inclusion programs, housing and foreclosure, and if government should be involved in the daily lives of its citizens. As you may have seen in last week’s first installment, several more prominent political figures declined to respond to our questions. As we’ve indicated for the last two weeks, our questions were sent to the candidates in November after Thanksgiving–by the the deadline of December 28th. That deadline was extended twice to give all the candidates an opportunity to respond.
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Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
Tomorrow Wednesday, February 3, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 PM
The Wicked Hop’s Jackalope Lounj 343 N. Broadway Milwaukee, WI
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Contact: Mike McGee, Jr
We Built This City
BLACK HISTORY EVENT- 10:00 am CITY HALL ROTUNDA
MILWAUKEE, WI MONDAY, February 1, 2016:
- .JOIN THE UNITED BLACK COMMUNITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY HALL ROTUNDA AS MIKE MCGEE, JR RETURNS TO CITY HALL ON THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING.
- MCGEE WILL BE JOINED BY PASTORS UNITED, THE NATION OF ISLAM, VARIOUS ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO WILL SPEAK OF THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE EXPERIENCES LIVING IN THE DESPERATE CONDITIONSS OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN AND HOW TO TAKE MILWAUKEE INTO DRASTICALLY IMPROVE THIS CITY –UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP-STARTING WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE.
- AFTERWARDS, MCGEE WILL VOTE AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION-FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS-AS WILL THE REST OF THE CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE.
MIKE MCGEE, JR IS LEADING EARLY VOTING EFFORTS AT CITY HALL DAILY FROM:
MONDAY FEBRUARY 1ST TO FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016.
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man wanted to storm a Masonic temple with a machine gun and kill at least 30 people in an attack he hoped would show “nobody can play with Muslims” and spark more mass shootings in the United States, federal agents said Tuesday after the man’s arrest.
Federal prosecutors charged 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney, Dean Puschnig, didn’t immediately respond to a question asking why charges were limited to gun possession. Hamzeh’s attorney, federal defender Ronnie Murray, didn’t immediately return email and voicemail messages left after business hours.
According to an FBI affidavit, agents were tipped off in September that Hamzeh planned to travel to Israel in October to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens in the West Bank. He abandoned those plans due to “family, financial and logistic reasons,” the affidavit said, but refocused his efforts on a domestic attack.
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Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs is once again seeking nominations for the Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Award, which honors those persons or organizations making the 6th District a great place in which to live. Nominations will be accepted beginning – Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – and can be submitted via email to [email protected]
The deadline for nominations is the close of business on Friday, January 15, 2016.
Alderwoman Coggs said the award recognizes selfless and dedicated work to improve the district, neighborhoods and the community. “Dedication to one’s neighborhood, to one’s neighbors and to the community in a selfless and positive manner and with generosity of spirit is what the Difference Makers Award is about, as it truly embodies the beliefs and actions of the late Dr. James G. White,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
“I urge residents to nominate individuals or organizations for this prestigious award,” she said. A nomination form (attached) is now available.
Alderwoman Coggs established the Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Awards to recognize those residents and organizations that work diligently to improve and strengthen the quality of life for themselves, their neighborhood and the City of Milwaukee. Dr. White was a resident of the 6th District who served as a county supervisor and the regional vice president of WestCare Wisconsin Harambee Community Center, facilitating countless neighborhood projects and programs and always using his gifts, talents and knowledge to improve and empower his community
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton has announced that the 1st Aldermanic District will be part of a city-sponsored pilot program for snow plowing this winter within specific alley sections. The Department of Public Works’ trial program will provide city officials with valuable information to determine the feasibility and cost of plowing alleys citywide.
Under the pilot, snow plows will clear snow after a minimum accumulation of three inches. The selected alley sections are within the boundaries of W. Olive and W. Capitol Dr. between N. 13th and N. 17th Streets, and W. Sheridan Ave. and W. Silver Spring Dr. between N. 35th and N. 42nd Streets.
Alderman Hamilton is happy that the 1st District has been selected for the pilot program: “This program will greatly reduce the burden of clearing snow for residents, and we are hoping that the pilot will be successful. Thanks to the Department of Public Works for selecting our district for this unique opportunity.”
DPW will assess if additional pilot demonstration areas are necessary after the 2015-2016 snow season.
November 19, 2015 Ald. Joe Davis, Sr.
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A Sister City agreement between Milwaukee and the County of Bomet, Kenya will be signed during a special ceremony next week in the third floor Council Chamber and Anteroom at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015 and will be hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and will feature Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and His Excellency Honorable Isaac Ruto, Governor of the County of Bomet.
Alderman Davis, chair of the City of Milwaukee’s Sister Cities Committee, said the Sister Cities International agreement with Bomet, Kenya has been in the works for several months, and has strong local support and interest. “It is clear that this important agreement will most certainly be mutually beneficial for the citizens of Milwaukee and the citizens of Bomet, and I would like to thank Governor Isaac Ruto for his support and work to help bring the agreement together,” he said.
“I would also like to thank the work of the Sister Cities Committee and the Pan-African Community Association/Bomet County Committee for all the work and effort that has led us to this important agreement of mutual of cooperation in the fields of business, culture, health care, education, tourism and other areas of interest to both cities for their overall progress,” Alderman Davis said.
Milwaukee is officially affiliated with Sister Cities International, a program with more than 50 years of promoting people-to-people diplomacy. As a result, Milwaukee’s city-to-city relationships, including former friendship cities and unofficial sister cities, are now moving forward. Carora, Venezuela, Medan, Indonesia, Galway, Ireland, Morogoro, Tanzania, uMhlathuze, South Africa and Zadar, Croatia are Milwaukee’s current Sister Cities.
What: Sister City Signing Ceremony
When: 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015
Where: Common Council Chamber & Anteroom
Ald. Michael J. Murphy
Housing Trust Fund grants totaling $600,000 will help the homeless, provide rehabilitation for substance abuse, create jobs and help with homeowner repairs
The Common Council has approved the Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Advisory Board’s $600,000 in funding recommendations for eight projects that will construct new homes for those in need, rehabilitate existing housing stock and make foreclosed homes more attractive to new buyers.
The projects will leverage an investment of more than $6.9 million in local construction and rehabilitation work over the next year, said Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, chair of the advisory board.
President Murphy said the largest 2015 project would fund a housing complex proposed by Wisconsin Community Services, Thurgood Marshall Apartments, an initiative to create permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and those suffering from chronic alcoholism. “This transformative program not only acknowledges that housing is a basic right, but it will also bring resources to the individuals who need them most,” President Murphy said.
“By supporting the Thurgood Marshall Apartments and other projects like it, we are taking steps to make the eradication of homelessness in Milwaukee a reality,” he said.
“The City of Milwaukee’s Housing Trust Fund has made a significant difference for Milwaukee families and neighborhoods, by making supportive housing, homeownership and rental housing more affordable for people who want to live here,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “Creating affordable housing, jobs, and resources to homeowners to repair their homes is a win, win, win for the city. I applaud the commitment of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board to the city of Milwaukee.”
President Murphy said the seven 2015 projects selected by the advisory board for funding will also create jobs and valuable opportunities for construction workers, carpenters, and those in the trades. “The board takes its work very seriously and is cognizant that the projects selected are healthy investments for Milwaukee that bring critical economic activity and dollars into local businesses and into the lives of workers and their families,” he said.
This year, a total of 19 requestors proposed projects seeking $2.3 million in HTF funding. Of these recommendations, eight were selected to receive funding.
The 2015 HTF awards include:
- $385,000 to Wisconsin Community Services for two distinct projects involving the construction/rehabilitation of 24 one-bedroom rental units for homeless individuals and those suffering from chronic alcoholism (Thurgood Marshall Apartments)
- $50,000 to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity for the rehabilitation of five properties in the Washington Park neighborhood
- $50,000 to Greenpath, Inc. to provide mortgage and credit counseling services to 1,000 prospective and current households
- $40,000 to Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. for construction related supplies and materials to rehabilitate and resell 4 blighted, foreclosed, and vacant properties
- $25,000 for the Sherman Park Community Association to replace deteriorating roofs on several homes
- $25,000 for Community First, Inc. to replace deteriorating roofs, water heaters, and furnaces for 10 homes in Washington Park
- $25,000 for Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee to provide 26 free emergency home repairs for veterans, seniors, and those with disabilities
- The projects were approved during the full meeting of the Common Council on November 2.